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Women First, Men Third at WCU Invitational

          Release: 09/03/2016
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WCU Invitational
Western Carolina University - Cullowhee, N.C. 
Men's Results (5K): 3rd out of 7 Teams (63 Pts)
Men's Top Performer: Crew Kosiorek Finishes 4th (15:44.35)
Women's Results (2 Mile): 1st out of 7 Teams (23 Pts)
Women's Top Performer: Tori Churchill Finishes 1st (11:21.57)
Up Next: Furman Invitational - Furman Golf Course - Greenville, S.C. - Sat, Sep 10

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - In the first race of the season for the College of Charleston cross country program, the women captured first and the men took third at the Western Carolina Invitational.

The women posted an extremely strong team score of 23 points in the two-mile race, over 40 points superior to second place WCU's 65-point effort. Tori Churchill won the event outright with a time of 11:21.57, while Carlee Cassidy (11:23.13) and Ellen Feringa (11:37.16) finished right behind her in second and third to complete the sweep of the podium. Marissa Small-Towns (12:00.33) and Cara Butcher (12:12.19) rounded out the scoring for the College, finishing in seventh and tenth respectively.

"It was a great win for Tori, and a great job to finish 1-2-3," head coach Amy Seago said. "Cara's usually our number one finisher, but she was a little banged up today, so for the team to do what they did with her only finishing fifth was remarkable. I was impressed."

For the men, Crew Kosiorek picked up where he left off last season by finishing first among his teammates with a fourth place effort. With a time of 15:44.35, Kosiorek shaved 17 seconds off his 5K personal best. A pair of freshmen finished on his heels, with Hayden DiBona taking sixth (15:56.54) and Sam Beattie (16:10.87) finishing 11th. Senior Josh Tierney (16:28.59) and sophomore Grant Gauthier (16:34.70) rounded out the scoring efforts for the college in 19th and 23rd place. With a team score of 63, the men finished close behind WCU (56) and UNC Asheville (47).

"Our youngsters are going to be just fine," Seago said. "They brought a lot of energy and did a great job. As a team, we'll get better as the distances get longer."

The Cougars will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to Greenville, S.C. to take part in the Furman Invitational on Saturday, Sep 10 at 9:15 a.m. The men will compete in an 8K race, while the women will run a 6K.

1. Churchill, Tori (11:21.57)*
2. Cassidy, Carlee (11:23.13)*
3. Feringa, Ellen (11:37.16)*
7. Small-Towns, Marissa (12:00.33)*
10. Butcher, Cara (12:12.19)
11. Lopez, Hannah (12:13.50)
18. Jennings, Emma (12:26.89)
42. Brelsford, Mary Kate (13:03.85)*
50. Golicher, Kallie (13:17.94)*
51. Parrish, Elizabeth (13:18.71)

4. Kosiorek, Crew (15:44.35)*
6. DiBona, Hayden (15:56.54)*
11. Beattie, Sam (16:10.87)*
19. Tierney, Joshua (16:28.59)
23. Gauthier, Grant (16:34.70)*
25. Beattie, Jack (16:36.26)*          
39. Silverman, Jarred (17:07.54)*              
48. Tyler, Andrew (17:23.76)

* - Indicates Collegiate PR